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Helmet, Local H 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Fri., Dec. 16, 9 p.m. 2016

The post-hiatus formation of the great alternative-metal band Helmet—“great alternative-metal band” being a phrase I use extremely sparingly—basically consists of Page Hamilton and a slow-shifting but accomplished backup cast. Helmet have never been terribly prolific, and the six years that’ve passed between Seeing Eye Dog and the new Dead to the World (Earmusic) is the same length of time the band spent officially broken up (1998-2004). Hamilton has always flaunted a big bag of tricks—one you might expect from a some-time jazz musician who’s also played with both David Bowie and Caspar Brötzmann—but if he’s got one weakness it’s that his embarrassment of riches can make it hard for him to focus. Dead to the World is actually the most accessible Helmet album in a long time, with downright hooky tracks like “Bad News” and “Green Shirt” (yes, an Elvis Costello cover). And as always it’s Hamilton’s sizzling guitar that will have fans feeling like they came to the right place—the right place most notably being found on “I (Heart) My Guru,” “Die Alone,” and “Look Alive.”

Monica Kendrick

Price: $25, $21 in advance

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